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Windows XP for Dummies Quick Reference


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Windows XP: BP-1 What You See: The Windows Desktop BP-2 What You See: My Documents BP-4 What You See: Dialog Boxes BP-5 Taskbar Table BP-6 The Basics: Opening and Closing Windows BP-7 The Basics: Creating New Folders BP-10 The Basics: Deleting Folders and Files BP-11 The Basics: Copying or Moving Folders and Files BP-13 The Basics: Exiting Windows BP-15 What You Can Do: Setting Up a Desktop Made to Order BP-16 What You Can Do: Saving Music with Windows Media Player BP-18 What You Can Do: Producing Movies with Windows Movie Maker BP-20 Part I: Doing Everyday Stuff 1 Adding or Removing Programs 2 Putting programs on your computer 2 Adding Windows Components 3 Taking programs off your computer 4 Setting default Windows applications 5 Arranging and Sizing Icons in a Window 6 Browsing Drives, Folders, and Files on the Computer 7 My Documents 7 My Pictures 8 Making slideshows 9 Printing pictures 10 My Music 12 My Videos 12 My eBooks 13 My Computer 14 Using the Folders Explorer bar 16 Mapping network drives 18 My Network Places 19 Network connections 20 Network Places 22 Home Networking Wizard 23 Copying (and Moving) Files and Folders 24 Drag ?em up, drop ?em down 25 Using cut-and-paste 26 Creating New Files and Folders 27 Creating a blank file 28 Compressing files and folders 28 Compressing FAT files and folders 29 Encrypting a compressed folder 30 Extracting files from a compressed folder 31 Compressing NTFS files and folders 33 Sharing folders on a network 34 Creating Shortcuts 34 Shortcuts to open stuff 35 Shortcuts to Web pages 36 Customizing the Desktop 36 Deleting Junk 37 Formatting a Disk 39 Getting Help and Support 40 Getting Info on a Disk, Folder, or File 42 Disk properties 42 Folder properties 44 Customizing a folder 44 File properties 45 Launching Programs 46 Moving and Resizing Windows 46 Naming Files and Folders 49 Long filenames 50 File icons 50 Things you do with files 51 Renaming files and folders 51 Opening Files and Folders 52 Playing Music, Video, and Movies 53 Windows Media Player 53 Audio CD-ROMs 56 Radio stations 59 Copying audio files and making CDs 60 Copying music to your hard drive 60 Creating playlists 62 Recording audio CDs 63 Video files 65 DVDs 66 Portable device 67 Printing 68 Managing the print queue 69 Installing a new printer 70 Searching for Files and Folders 73 Searching for computers, people, and Web sites 75 Searching for pictures, music, or video 76 Selecting Commands on Menus 77 Pull-down menus 78 Shortcut menus 79 Dialog boxes 79 Alert dialog boxes 82 Wizards 82 Control menus 82 Selecting Commands on Explorer Bars 83 Selecting Commands from Toolbars 84 The Address Bar 86 The Desktop toolbar 87 The Links toolbar 87 The menu bar 88 The Standard Buttons toolbar 88 The status bar 90 Resizing and moving toolbars 90 Customizing the Standard Buttons toolbar 91 Selecting Files and Folders 92 Shutting Down Windows 93 Using the Command Prompt 94 Using the Windows Taskbar 95 The Start menu 96 The Quick Launch toolbar 97 The Notification area 98 Customizing the Taskbar and Start menu 99 Customizing the Notification area 100 Customizing the Start menu 101 Switching between programs 102 Arranging windows on the desktop 103 Using Task Manager 104 Creating custom toolbars 105 Using Windows Automatic Update 106 Part II: Windows and the Web 109 Adding Web Favorites 110 Opening Favorites 112 Offline Favorites 112 Organizing Favorites 114 Synchronizing offline Favorites 116 Browsing with Internet Explorer 117 Connecting to the Internet 118 Launching Internet Explorer 118 Navigating the Web 119 Address AutoComplete 120 Saving Web graphics 120 Saving Web pages 121 Saving Desktop items 122 Printing Web pages 123 Working offline 124 Browsing with MSN Explorer 126 Searching the Web 130 Searching from the Explorer Bar 130 Autosearching from the Address Bar 132 Sending and Receiving E-Mail 132 Composing and sending messages 133 Adding recipients to the Address Book 136 Reading e-mail 138 Organizing e-mail 141 Deleting e-mail 142 Instant Messaging 143 Adding contacts 144 Sending instant messages 145 Retrieving e-mail via Windows Messenger 146 Part III: Windows Accessories 147 Accessibility 148 Accessing Your Accessories 148 Address Book 149 Calculator 149 Command Prompt 151 Communications 151 Networking 151 Network Connections 152 Remote Desktop Connection 153 Entertainment 156 Sound Recorder 156 Volume Control 157 Microsoft Interactive Training 158 Notepad 159 Program Compatibility Wizard 159 Scanner and Camera Wizard 160 Paint 160 System Tools 161 Character Map 162 Scheduled Tasks 163 System Restore 165 Windows Explorer 166 Windows Movie Maker 167 Assembling your clips 168 Editing the elements in your movie 168 Creating the final movie 169 WordPad 170 Part IV: The Windows Control Panel 171 About the Control Panel 172 Accessibility Options 173 Add or Remove Programs 174 Appearance and Themes 175 Folder Options 176 Display 176 Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options 178 Network and Internet Connections 179 Performance and Maintenance 180 Printers and Other Hardware 182 Security Center 183 Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices 183 User Accounts 184 Glossary: Techie Talk 187 Index 191

About the Author

Greg Harvey, the author of more than 50 computer books, has had a long career of teaching business people the use of IBM PC, Windows, and Macintosh software application programs. From 1983 to 1988, he conducted hands-on computer software training for corporate business users with a variety of training companies (including his own, PC Teach). From 1988 to 1992, he taught university classes in Lotus 1-2-3 and Introduction to Database Management Technology (using dBASE) in the Department of Information Systems at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. In mid-1993, Greg started a new multimedia publishing venture, Mind over Media, Inc. As a multimedia developer and computer book author, he hopes to enliven his future online computer books by making them into true interactive learning experiences that will vastly enrich and improve the training of users of all skill levels.

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